The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
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  1. 1
    + 9,537
    - 3,698

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 8,196
    - 3,380


    Quarterback

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  3. 3
    + 7,922
    - 2,976


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 7,707
    - 2,532


    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 5,721
    - 2,647


    Linebacker

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  6. 6
    + 5,108
    - 2,579


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 6,238
    - 4,503

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  8. 8
    + 4,344
    - 1,960


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  9. 9
    + 5,143
    - 2,084

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  10. 10
    + 6,687
    - 4,629

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  11. 11
    + 4,393
    - 2,256


    Linebacker

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  12. 12
    + 4,251
    - 2,063


    Quarterback

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  13. 13
    + 4,216
    - 2,395

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 4,355
    - 1,974


    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 4,104
    - 1,970


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3,768
    - 1,688


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 4,071
    - 1,039

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 3,322
    - 1,292


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  19. 19
    + 3,281
    - 1,626


    Linebacker, Center

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  20. 20
    + 3,181
    - 1,339


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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  21. 21
    + 2,876
    - 1,734

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  22. 22
    + 3,256
    - 1,501


    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2,383
    - 1,246


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 3,134
    - 1,170

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2,502
    - 1,140


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2,361
    - 968


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 2,816
    - 1,485


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2,248
    - 1,427


    Tight end

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  29. 29
    + 1,840
    - 1,094


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  30. 30
    + 2,284
    - 1,308


    Quarterback

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  31. 31
    + 1,951
    - 1,134


    Linebacker

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  32. 32
    + 1,885
    - 950

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 1,617
    - 605

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  34. 34
    + 1,581
    - 613

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  35. 35
    + 1,802
    - 1,028


    Quarterback

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  36. 36
    + 1,618
    - 525

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  37. 37
    + 1,930
    - 1,012


    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 1,711
    - 840


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  39. 39
    + 1,979
    - 1,087


    Quarterback

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  40. 40
    + 2,263
    - 1,165


    Quarterback

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  41. 41
    + 1,557
    - 965


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  42. 42
    + 1,714
    - 1,065


    Running back, Return specialist

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  43. 43
    + 1,572
    - 878


    Free Safety

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  44. 44
    + 1,544
    - 657

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  45. 45
    + 1,907
    - 1,189


    Quarterback

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  46. 46
    + 1,097
    - 386

    ranked low on reranks & added by coolmiles
    Tight end

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  47. 47
    + 1,712
    - 1,188

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  48. 48
    + 1,983
    - 1,057


    Quarterback

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  49. 49
    + 1,349
    - 1,011

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  50. 50
    + 1,286
    - 877


    Cornerback

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